Wise Counsel about Truth and Hypocrisy

Luke 12 Jesus reveals the hypocrisy of the Pharisees to his disciples and provides warning signs that they, too, could become just as counterfeit in their faith. To remain pure and true, Jesus repeatedly says “do not and do” in light of how they are to walk and live in the world. Hypocrites say one thing but often do another. Jesus is warning the disciples against those who wore long robes and flowing tassels as evidence they were seeking God’s approval through works, not the heart. Jesus pointed to them and said: Be on guard!

Jesus also warned the disciples about denial. Don’t fear those who kill the body because, after death, they are powerless. Later, John the Apostle would write: “The one who kills you will think he is offering service to God.” [Jn 16:2] Therefore, prepare your mind not to be fearful knowing this truth: “Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His saints.” [Ps 116:15]

If God came for your soul today, would you be found true and faithful or a hypocrite?

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